The place where Alejandra works is called Gaia House. It’s a community center for people of all beliefs. They have Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and more. They even have atheists and agnostics, although obviously those people don’t have any worship services. They just have discussions.
The center also has a strong social justice and environmental focus. Alejandra works there in a social work office. They do a lot of things out of that office to help people who are poor, homeless, jobless, and so on. Some of it’s basic common sense help, like getting them a shower, some clothes, an ID if they don’t have one. But some of it’s a lot more complicated, like finding them a job, getting them treatment for drug addiction, and so on. I knew she worked in something like that, but it was good to get a peek at her office.
They also have all of these strange environmental projects! I thought I was well-educated about all that, but apparently not. They have a big yard, but it doesn’t have any grass. It just has all of these gardens. Part of it looks like a lawn from far away, but when you get closer, you notice that it’s a few different plants short plants, including clover. And you can eat it all! They also had some type of columns that plants grew on, raised vegetable gardens, mushrooms, bees, and more. There was even something called a food forest. It had trees and vines and bushes that all grew food. Some of the trees weren’t fully grown yet, but a few had fruit, and I could see where they were going with it. It was like going to a science fair, but for green projects. And that’s how it is every day over there.
They also had a big display listing their classes and workshops. Some were free and some were paid. I need to save up, so I’ll probably pass on the paid ones. But maybe I’ll go to the free ones. I have some time on my hands while I figure out my next step.
Anyway, to make a long story short, they said that they probably have part-time work for me! They actually only have a few paid staff, which is surprising given how much is going on there. But each project comes up with its own budget, and there’s usually at least one project with a budget for part-time help. Right now the only thing like that is canvassing for a green group. It’s not a lot of hours, but it’s something. They’ll call me to confirm it later in the week.
That’s all that I have for today. I’ll probably post something tomorrow about the latest news from Miami. I haven’t been fixating on it lately, which is good. But I do read a little bit every day, and I want to talk about it tomorrow. I’ll read some more tonight and post about it tomorrow after more job hunting.